Samsung Embroiled in Fair-Trade Investigation in Taiwan over Fake Web Reviews
April 19, 2013 9:17 AM
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Samsung allegedly hired students to criticize HTC devices
Samsung has found itself in hot water in Taiwan with fair trade officials after allegations surfaced that the company hired students to post false, critical reviews of HTC products online.
Samsung, for its part, has stated that the "unfortunate incident" goes against the "fundamental principles" of the company.
If Samsung is found guilty of false advertising, it and its local advertising agency could face fines of up to 25 million Taiwanese dollars. A Fair Trade Commission spokesperson said that the investigation began after a series of complaints were received against Samsung.
More fuel was added to the fire when a Taiwanese website posted documents that allegedly show Samsung had been recruiting students to anonymously offer praise for Samsung devices on the internet and simultaneously criticize HTC offerings.
Samsung's legal troubles with false advertising aren’t the only false advertising allegations the company is fighting. LG sued Samsung in South Korea over claims of false advertising. In that case, Samsung
LG for $45 million.
Samsung was also fined in Taiwan earlier this year over misleading advertisements having to do with specifications for the camera on the Galaxy Y Duo.
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RE: Shaking my head...
4/19/2013 7:24:40 PM
I dunno... I go by products and features. The rest is just fluff. Regardless of who sues who, who copies who, or who was the first with what... At the end, you are left with a product choice and a price point to make a purchase. I have a GS3 now, but wont be going with a GS4. Samsung is probably not the way I will go based on some quality issues we have seen here at my office. My S3 has been perfect sicne day one, but a few have died... And 2 of 2 Note2's have both needed repaired withing 1 month of purchase. The S3 was a good phone in its day, but to me I see alot better options out there than the S4. I REALLY hope the 5.5 inch Optimus G pro makes it to Verizon. Other ones high on my list are the Xperia Z, HTC One, and possible the Moto X if it comes out as good as the pre-hype makes it sound.
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